Writing (WR)

WR090 Writing Skills: Paragraph to Essay

Credits 4Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: Placement in WR090 is based on the college writing placement test (CPT) scores or instructor referral. Concurrent enrollment in RD090 is encouraged.

This course provides continued instruction on producing clear, mechanically correct sentences of maturing quality while providing students with both an introduction to and practice with the expository essay. Summarization skills are further developed and practiced in an effort to build upon and sharpen students' analytical reading and thinking abilities in preparation for college-level writing. The course emphasizes and provides tools necessary for clear, correct writing aimed at a defined audience. This course is equivalent to IECC201W.

WR091 Integrated Reading and Writing

Credits 6Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: Placement is based on reading and writing college placement test (CPT) exam scores; or instructor referral.

This course provides beginning instruction in reading and expository writing in order to prepare students for college-level work. Skills and strategies related to vocabulary, reading comprehension, composition, critical thinking and information literacy are introduced and practiced through varied and numerous reading and writing assignments. Much attention is given to understanding the relationships between reading and writing so as to strengthen students' confidence and abilities to more successfully comprehend and produce expository writing. This course is equivalent to RD090 and WR090.

WR101 Workplace Communications I (Course offered online)

Credits 3Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090; or IECC201R and IECC201W; each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

Designed for students in professional/technical programs, WR101 helps students improve their ability to communicate effectively by developing skills in preparing and presenting documents such as resumes, letters, memos, short reports and instructions.

WR115 Introduction to College Writing (Course offered online)

Credits 4Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090; or IECC201R and IECC201W; each with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course levels; or instructor consent.

WR 115, Introduction to College Composition, introduces students to college-level reading, thinking, and writing. Students will be introduced to rhetorical concepts and will collaborate to produce writing for a variety of purposes and audiences while considering appropriate modalities to achieve or enhance a final written draft. Reading, writing, and critical thinking activities will focus on inquiry and the development of metacognition throughout all stages of the writing process. This class also introduces students to information literacy and to integrating source material and practicing MLA citation. Students will produce three formal essays of 700 – 800 words each for a total of 2000 – 2500 words of revised, final draft copy over the term.

WR121 English Composition (Course offered online)

Credits 4Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR115, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

WR121, English Composition, focuses on rhetorical reading, thinking, and writing as means of inquiry. Students will gain fluency with key rhetorical concepts and utilize these in a flexible and collaborative writing process. They will reflect on their own writing process to develop metacognitive awareness. Students will also learn the information literacy skills necessary to find and incorporate appropriate sources. They will employ conventions, including formal citations, attending to the constraints of audience, purpose, genre, and discourse community. Students will produce 3000-3500 words of revised, final draft copy or an appropriate multimodal analog for this amount of text.

WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking (Course offered online)

Credits 4Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR121, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

WR122 focuses on specific ways to develop critical argumentative essays in response to the challenges of increasingly complex contexts, competing arguments and issues in politics, rhetoric and commercial media. Students practice further how to develop effective theses and reasoning. Students will learn the skills to find an appropriate subject and evaluate a variety of sources to write a major research assignment.

WR132 Practical Grammar for Writers

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: Recommended for students of all writing levels. Students must place above RD090 and either be concurrently enrolled in WR090 or place above WR090. Students coming from IECC classes must have completed or placed above IECC201W and IECC201R.

This course provides grammar instruction for students who wish to improve their editing and writing skills so as to produce a variety of clear and mechanically correct sentences. It also provides students with instruction on how to use electronic and web-based proofreading tools and resources. While this course proves helpful to students taking writing courses within the English department, it serves all students who want to feel more confident in their writing at the sentence-level.

WR198A Writing: Independent Study

Credit 1Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090 with a grade of "C" or better; or equivalent test scores; additional to be determined by instructor before course is assigned. Instructor and dean permission are required.

This course is designed for students who wish to develop individual projects in creative and expository writing, critical analysis or special research. These projects may not duplicate work in scheduled courses. Enrollment requires a written project proposal that must be approved by the instructor before registration. Maximum of three credits for WR198. Contact division for availability.

WR198B Writing: Independent Study

Credits 2Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090 with a grade of "C" or better; or equivalent test scores; additional to be determined by instructor before course is assigned. Instructor and dean permission are required.

This course is designed for students who wish to develop individual projects in creative and expository writing, critical analysis or special research. These projects may not duplicate work in scheduled courses. Enrollment requires a written project proposal that must be approved by the instructor before registration. Maximum of three credits for WR198. Contact division for availability.

WR198C Writing: Independent Study

Credits 3Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090 with a grade of "C" or better; or equivalent test scores; additional to be determined by instructor before course is assigned. Instructor and dean permission are required.

This course is designed for students who wish to develop individual projects in creative and expository writing, critical analysis or special research. These projects may not duplicate work in scheduled courses. Enrollment requires a written project proposal that must be approved by the instructor before registration. Maximum of three credits for WR198. Contact division for availability.

WR227 Technical Report Writing (Course offered online)

Credits 4Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR121, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This course introduces students to professional and technical documents with an emphasis on improving their abilities to read, analyze and prepare technical reports used in the workplace. The term's work culminates in a major technical report using research and documentation. Students prepare and revise memos, a proposal, a progress report and a PowerPoint presentation that lead up to this major technical report. Students also produce a job portfolio. All work in this course emphasizes precise use of language and graphics to communicate complex information efficiently and ethically.

WR240 Creative Writing: Nonfiction

Credits 3Fall/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090, with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course level; and WR121 or equivalent.

- maximum 9 This is a writing elective designed for students of composition who wish to improve personal writing styles and to explore forms of creative writing other than fiction and poetry. Autobiography, biography, memoir, journal, review, letter, interview and journalistic essay are some of the forms discussed in this workshop-oriented class. This course may be repeated for up to nine hours of credit. Offered at irregular intervals.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

WR241 Creative Writing: Fiction I

Credits 4Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090, with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course level; and WR121; or instructor consent.

This course is a practical study of the proven techniques for creating vivid, successful stories. Students learn basic elements of conflict and plot, how to create openings that grab and complications that build tension and how to move readers with detail and well-drawn characters.

WR242 Creative Writing: Poetry I (Course offered online)

Credits 4Fall/Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090, with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course level; and WR121; or instructor consent.

Beginning poetry writing is designed for students with little or no previous experience. The course emphasizes basics of poetic language and form. Students practice using these elements by writing their own poetry and discussing it in a workshop atmosphere.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

WR244 Creative Writing: Poetry II

Credits 4Spring

Registration Requirement: WR242 or instructor consent.

For further practice in poetry writing, students write a small portfolio of poems, explore the work of a contemporary poet they admire and learn the basics of poetry performance and publication.

Additional Course Fee: $10.00

WR245 Creative Writing: Fiction II

Credits 4Spring

Registration Requirement: WR241 or instructor consent.

This course explores some of the advanced techniques of professional fiction writers. Students learn how to create strong, believable dialogue, how to refine characters, how to pace a story with scene and summary, how to enhance their language and create styles of their own.

WR291A The Literary Publication I

Credit 1Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course levels; and instructor consent.

This course is for students interested in magazine publishing and creative writing and the arts. In the fall term, students work on creating online and print advertising to solicit submissions, selecting a team of graphic designers who will create the magazine, organizing into editorial groups based on submission types (from nonfiction to film), and working in class and on a blog to accept or reject submissions. A maximum of 9 hours may be taken under the WR291/292/293 designation (one or two credits per term).

WR291B The Literary Publication I

Credits 2Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course levels; and instructor consent.

This course is for students interested in magazine publishing and creative writing and the arts. In the fall term, students work on creating online and print advertising to solicit submissions, selecting a team of graphic designers who will create the magazine, organizing into editorial groups based on submission types (from nonfiction to film), and working in class and on a blog to accept or reject submissions. A maximum of 9 hours may be taken under the WR291/292/293 designation (one or two credits per term).

WR292A The Literary Publication II

Credit 1Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course levels; and instructor consent.

This course is for students interested in magazine publishing and creative writing and the arts. In the winter term, students work on selecting submissions, creating a website, determining the concept for the magazine, and collaborating with graphic services on the design. A maximum of 9 hours may be taken under the WR291/292/293 designation (one or two credits per term).

WR292B The Literary Publication II

Credits 2Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course levels; and instructor consent.

This course is for students interested in magazine publishing and creative writing and the arts. In the winter term, students work on selecting submissions, creating a website, determining the concept for the magazine, and collaborating with graphic services on the design. A maximum of 9 hours may be taken under the WR291/292/293 designation (one or two credits per term).

WR293A The Literary Publication III

Credit 1Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course levels; and instructor consent.

This course is for students interested in magazine publishing and creative writing and the arts. Students work on selecting final submissions, especially in the areas of film and music, editing and proofreading galleys, organizing and running the launch party for the magazine, and marketing the final product. A maximum of 9 hours may be taken under the WR291/292/293 designation (one or two credits per term).

WR293B The Literary Publication III

Credits 2Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course levels; and instructor consent.

This course is for students interested in magazine publishing and creative writing and the arts. Students work on selecting final submissions, especially in the areas of film and music, editing and proofreading galleys, organizing and running the launch party for the magazine, and marketing the final product. A maximum of 9 hours may be taken under the WR291/292/293 designation (one or two credits per term).

Course fees are subject to change. Additional section fees (web, hybrid, etc.) may apply.

Course offered online

Cultural Literacy course